A unique opportunity to get to know award-winning Costa Rican artist, Federico Herrero - Monte Azul Contemporary Art (MACA) is organizing an art-packed weekend.
Guests will be treated to a private visit to the artist’s studio; two nights at Monte Azul; a cocktail reception and dinner with the curators and the artist, accompanied by a talk about Herrero’s work and currents in the contemporary art world. The package includes options for horseback riding, spa treatments, museum and gallery visits, as well as trips to other parts of Costa Rica.
Guest curators Silvia Karman Cubiñá, Director and Chief Curator of the Bass Museum of Art, Miami, and Mark Coetzee, Culture Specialist (Art) for the Zeitz Foundation and Independent Curator, will be present to lead conversations about contemporary art.
The weekend is tailored to art lovers, and nature and good-living aficionados. As alternative to the ‘gallery experience’, participants will experience an unconventional way to acquire art. Guests spend time with the artist and take part in the creative process to attain a more personal understanding of Herrero and his work, and benefit from the knowledge of experts in the field.
The location, Monte Azul in the Talamanca Highlands, will nurture body, mind and soul, demonstrating how sustainability can be practiced without sacrificing quality and comfort.
Federico Herrero is Monte Azul’s ‘Artist in Residence’ and is arguably Costa Rica’s most notable contemporary artist.
The weekend is limited to a maximum of ten people. The date is flexible and will be confirmed to interested parties.
Carlos Rojas at MACA +506 2742 5222 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Rob Harley at MACA New York +1 646 478 7038 or email@example.com
Federico Herrero (b. 1978) is arguably Costa Rica’s most notable artist of our time. Invited twice to the Venice Biennale, (awarded Best Young Artist in 2001, invited to exhibit in 2009), Herrero’s work was displayed in the Latin American pavilion, which for the first time in the Biennale’s history was located in the central armory.
Herrero’s work is greatly inspired by the city of San José. Known for chaos and congestion, this improbable patchwork of urban disarray is also dynamic and industrious, inhabited by a young population whose average age is only 27. Herrero’s understanding of his surroundings extends beyond the sensorial elegance found within the disorder of the city.
A keen understanding of how the perception of color is affected by light and energy allows apparently disparate fields of color to coexist on his canvasses. Voids of exposed gesso, with densely worked acrylic paint, oil paint, ball point doodles and random spray paint seem like a recipe for disaster, but the apparent disarray and random placement is finely orchestrated and held together with the same youthful optimism as his home city. However, this is only one of the many layers of a work that goes beyond interpretation of a landscape and in fact, delivers a fantastical awareness or reality of its own.
Herrero places “eyes”, white circles with black centers, throughout his paintings. In effect, the paintings take on an existence on their own terms, returning the viewer’s gaze in a game of who’s watching whom, as well as blurring the line that separates the material world from the realm of the imagination. Within the color field, shapes and voids, Herrero often introduces creatures that he calls Martians, adding yet another dimension.
Federico Herrero lives and works in San Jose, Costa Rica. He graduated from Pratt Institute in New York, in 1998. In the past few years, he has exhibited his work in prestigious international institutions such as the Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan; Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Spain; First Prague Biennial, Czech Republic; Musee d’art moderne de la ville de Paris, France; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan, among many others, as well as various art fairs and biennials including Art Basel, Venice Biennale, Seville Biennial, Aichi World Expo in Nagoya, Japan.